Meth is one of the biggest problems in the United States today. Compared to other drugs, it’s relatively easy to make, and it’s far more affordable for addicts than cocaine or heroine. People are getting hooked at an alarming rate across the country, despite the fact that meth is made of extremely dangerous chemicals, like household cleaning products. It provides a rush of stimulation that may feel great initially, but those chemicals take a massive toll on the body, and the crash that follows that rush is extremely unpleasant.

Below are ten of the common signs of meth addiction:

  1. Meth addicts are often paranoid: They think everyone is out to get them or that they’re being watched.
  2. They itch: Their skin itches so badly that they often draw blood trying to scratch the itch, literally.
  3. Meth addicts don’t really sleep : They can stay awake for weeks at a time, which tends to lead to severe mood swings and irritability.
  4. Burnt tin foil – If there are bits of burnt tin foil throughout the house, chances are someone has a meth problem.
  5. They go for an early fix: They often try to get a fix first thing in the morning or as soon as they can in the day.
  6. Bad acne or unwashed appearance – Many users have severe acne outbreaks and generally poor hygiene.
  7. Decline in job or school performance: Many meth addicts miss large chunks of time supposed to be spent at work or at school, and they struggle with their responsibilities.
  8. Distinct, strong cat urine smell – People addicted to meth sweat a lot, and that sweat tends to smell very strongly like cat urine.
  9. Weight loss: Meth addicts tend to have no appetite, and usually drop weight dramatically fast.
  10. ‘Meth mouth’: Meth use tends to lead to severe tooth decay, angry, sore gums and and blackened teeth.

Meth addiction is a major problem that, if not properly addressed, can lead to serious health issues. Many people who struggle with a meth addiction have severe, if not permanent, damage done to their health, especially their brain, and it can be hard to overcome these effects the longer a person uses. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one has a problem with meth, get help from an addiction specialist or treatment center as soon as possible.

At The Springboard Center, we know that you and your family need a treatment provider you can trust. Incorporating the best of practices we have created a meaningful program to restore health and dignity with quality care and counseling. Call us today for information on how we are serving the Permian Basin: (432) 620-0255